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Want A Smart Home? Here's How To Use Alexa For An Efficient Life

by Barry Macchione 01/07/2019

AI (artificial intelligence) is moving in on the homefront. And at the head of the pack is Amazon’s Echo with its assistant, Alexa. Echo comes in 3 options: a minimal hockey-puck-shaped device, a sleek tube in fashionable shades that make it a natural addition to your home decor, and a square-shaped device with a video screen, camera and mic capabilities.

Many are eager to bring home Alexa and make it the newest addition to their home but are left wondering what exactly does it do?

First, you need to teach Alexa which commands to recognize and perform. These commands are called “skills” And there is a whole library jam-packed with them. So where to start?

Create a Flash Briefing. Create your own daily update feed with the Flash Briefing option. You choose which sources you want Alexa to pull from and which time to report in. Get the weather, news and other updated while you get ready every day.

Use as an alarm in the morning - wake up to music, a radio station, the news, etc. If it’s available via Amazon Music it’s fair game.

Order a ride via Lyft or Uber. You can ask how much the trip will be and have it automatically billed to your account. Speed up getting ready to go out by coordinating your ride while you put on your final touches.

With multiple devices, you can sync music to play throughout your house. The app allows you to group all of your devices together into one cohesive house-wide system. Whether you want to listen to music, the news, a podcast or an audible book you can hear it no matter where you go - perfect for cleaning days.

Order pizza from Domino’s or Pizza Hut. Who doesn’t want pizza to arrive at their beck and call?  

Tune your guitar. With this skill, Alexa plays a song for you to match and listens in until you match up perfectly. Which means you don’t need another device, app or website to keep track of.

Sync up to your Fitbit to ask for updates on your latest activity and step progress for the day. In fact, you can even get more steps in while you ask since you don’t have to sit down at the computer.

With a Wemo Smart Plug, you can enable Alexa to turn devices on and off with a simple voice command. And with their light switches, you can turn lights on, off and change the brightness to match your mood.  

If you have a Hyundai, Mercedes or Ford with the right capabilities you can have Alexa start your car for you. Giving you five more minutes to grab breakfast for once.

Meditate with the Stop, Breathe, & Think meditation skill for Alexa. Just say how long you want to meditate for and settle in to clear your mind. Who said technology keeps us distracted?

And then there is always the option to ask Alexa which skills to enable. So meta!

About the Author

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Barry Macchione

Barry Macchione has been a RE/MAX REALTOR® since 2000 and a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame since 2010. Each year Barry has achieved the 100% Club for the past 18 years which is an Elite Club of RE/MAX agents. As a member of the East Polk County Association of Realtors since 1997, Barry has extensive real estate transaction experience with hundreds and hundreds of homes sold throughout Central Florida, including Commercial transactions. He is well versed in all aspects of both Seller and Buyer representation and sale of businesses and commercial property as well and achieves his clients goals and takes the stress out of today's real estate market.

Barry's personal interests include Bass Fishing, Boating and Martial Arts.Barry has traveled the country for many years fishing on the B.A.S.S. and FLW Tournament circuits as well as competed locally and was successful in National competition as well. Barry is also a Martial Arts Instructor for the City of Winter Haven Recreation Department. Having studied and trained continuously in the Martial Arts since 1974, he holds a high rank is the art of American Goju-ryu Karate, a Japanese based Karate brought to the United States in the early 1950's. For 44 years, Barry has been a member of the same Martial Arts Organization the U.S.A.G.O. and has competed successfully in hundreds of Martial Arts tournaments and now teaches and trains all ages of students and supports their participation in today's tournaments with them.

Barry enjoys the outdoors whether just boating on the many lakes and rivers of Florida including the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes or occasionally just fishing and capturing the serenity and beauty of the sunsets while on the water. If you are looking for a Real Estate Professional whom has lived in the area for 57 years and knows the area well, Barry is your REALTOR®. Call or text Barry today or check out the many social media channels he has and make contact today, he looks forward to hearing from you!